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December 2009

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Campus Security Cyber Security

Signs That H1N1 Rates May Be Falling

Award-Winning Canadian Researcher Dies of Suspected Swine Flu

How to Avoid Becoming a Campus Crime Victim

University of Florida Looks More Closely at Admissions After Complaints About Sex Offender

Torn Over a Tradition

Two More Small Fires at San Jose State University High-Rise Dorm

Towson University to Ban All Smoking Starting in August

Tarleton State U. Is Hit With $137,500 Fine for Underreporting Campus Crime

Akron Backs Down on DNA

Disability May Keep East Central University Student From Staying in Dorm Room

BU Student Caught Bacterial Infection From Lab, Tests Show

Columbia Professor Charged With Punching University Employee

Campuses in Southeastern Virginia Cancel Classes as Nor'easter Brings Threat of Floods

Progress in Combating Gambling

Study Links Coed Housing to Binge Drinking

Tragedy Strikes During Biology Assignment

Rape-Prevention Programs Proliferate, but 'It's Hard to Know' If They Work

Friends and Colleagues Mount a Search for a Missing Scholar

Criticism Over Law Enforcement Response to University of California Protests

3 Lacrosse Players at Sacred Heart U. Face Assault-Related Charges

La Salle Settles Brain Injury Lawsuit for $7.5 Million

Industry and Academia Answer Call to Solve Nation's Most Pressing Cyber Threats

Hacked E-Mail Is New Fodder for Climate Dispute

Cal Poly Pomona Discloses Online Security Breach

Social Security Number Breach Angers Alumni at Penn State

Campus Security

Signs That H1N1 Rates May Be Falling

The latest data from the American College Health Association show that 90 percent of campuses being tracked reported new cases of flu-like illness from Nov. 14 through Nov. 20, down from 95 percent the week before. The survey... | Read more >

Award-Winning Canadian Researcher Dies of Suspected Swine Flu

A 38-year-old University of Ottawa professor died the week of November 9 from H1N1 complications. Keith Fagnou was an internationally recognized chemistry professor. There were no underlying health conditions... | Read more >

How to Avoid Becoming a Campus Crime Victim

Although students may feel relatively safe at college, at some point in their college careers, many students will become a victim of crime, ranging from a minor incident, such as the theft of a backpack, to something more... | Read more >

University of Florida Looks More Closely at Admissions After Complaints About Sex Offender

A registered sex offender attended the University of Florida for six months before complaints alerted campus police to his presence, causing them to change the university's admission policies. Boyd David Hodges, 37, was barred... | Read more >

Torn Over a Tradition

Debate over whether a century-old tradition of building a bonfire before the year's biggest football game at Texas A&M University comes ten years after a collapse that killed 12 people and injured 27 others. Some alumni,... | Read more >

Two More Small Fires at San Jose State University High-Rise Dorm

Two small fires were extinguished at a high-rise dormitory at San Jose State University on November 12, after another small fire there two weeks prior. The dorm was evacuated for six hours as university police and San Jose... | Read more >

Towson University to Ban All Smoking Starting in August

Towson University announced on November 11 that it will ban all smoking on campus, becoming Maryland's first four-year college to do so. Administrators say that the policy, which goes into effect in August, will reduce health... | Read more >

Tarleton State U. Is Hit With $137,500 Fine for Underreporting Campus Crime

Tarleton State University, part of the Texas A&M University system, has been fined $137,500 by the U.S. Education Department for underreporting crime statistics between 2003 and 2005. The university did not report any of... | Read more >

Akron Backs Down on DNA

The University of Akron is changing a new policy that required new employees to be willing to offer a DNA sample as part of a required security clearance, despite the school's stance that the policy was misunderstood. The... | Read more >

Disability May Keep East Central University Student From Staying in Dorm Room

At East Central University, a quadriplegic student was ordered October 21 to leave his dormitory unless he hires an assistant to live with him. The university says it is a safety matter, as the student cannot leave his room... | Read more >

BU Student Caught Bacterial Infection From Lab, Tests Show

A laboratory experiment was the source of a bacterial infection that sickened a graduate student at Boston University in October. The student, who has recovered, was exposed to a germ known as Neisseria meningitidis, which can... | Read more >

Columbia Professor Charged With Punching University Employee

A professor at Columbia University's architecture college was arrested November 9 and charged with assaulting and harassing a theater production manager at the university's arts college. The assault occurred at a bar near... | Read more >

Campuses in Southeastern Virginia Cancel Classes as Nor'easter Brings Threat of Floods

Several colleges and universities in and around Norfolk, VA cancelled classes on November 12-13 because of a nor'easter that caused high winds, heavy rain, power outages, and street flooding. Affected schools included Norfolk... | Read more >

Progress in Combating Gambling

A survey by the National Collegiate Athletic Association shows that efforts to educate college athletes about the dangers of gambling have reduced the prevalence of heavy wagering, but online gambling rates have doubled, and... | Read more >

Study Links Coed Housing to Binge Drinking

A recent study found that students in co-ed housing are much more likely to binge drink than are students who live in single-sex housing. The study surveyed 500 students at five colleges around the U.S. The research found that... | Read more >

Tragedy Strikes During Biology Assignment

Two students at Ferrum College, Virginia, were shot on November 17 when a hunter mistook the students for deer. One of the students was killed; the other was shot in the hand. The students were collecting specimens for a... | Read more >

Rape-Prevention Programs Proliferate, but 'It's Hard to Know' If They Work

Sexual assault prevention programs on college campuses are attempting to help men understand sexual consent and explain how third parties can intervene to stop potential assaults. The programs are spreading with the help of... | Read more >

Friends and Colleagues Mount a Search for a Missing Scholar

Philip Agre, an associate professor of information sciences at the University of California at Los Angeles, has been missing since sometime between December 2008 and May 2009. In October, the university police department put... | Read more >

Criticism Over Law Enforcement Response to University of California Protests

The University of California at Berkeley will investigate claims that police used excessive force to disperse campus protests on November 20. The protests began after 40 people, who were mostly students, occupied a campus... | Read more >

3 Lacrosse Players at Sacred Heart U. Face Assault-Related Charges

Three lacrosse players at Sacred Heart University have been charged with "conspiracy to commit first-degree sexual assault." According to a lawyer for one of the accused men, the accusations are a gross exaggeration... | Read more >

La Salle Settles Brain Injury Lawsuit for $7.5 Million

La Salle University will pay $7.5 million for the lifetime costs of caring for a former football player, Preston Plevretes, who suffered brain trauma in a 2005 game. The family had sued La Salle for allowing Plevretes to play... | Read more >

Cyber Security

Industry and Academia Answer Call to Solve Nation's Most Pressing Cyber Threats

Northrop Grumman announced December 1 that it was inviting three cybersecurity research institutions - Carnegie Mellon, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Purdue - to join a Cybersecurity Research Consortium to advance... | Read more >

Hacked E-Mail Is New Fodder for Climate Dispute

Hundreds of private e-mail messages and documents were hacked from a computer server at the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom. The police are investigating the breach. The e-mail messages are attributed to... | Read more >

Cal Poly Pomona Discloses Online Security Breach

The personal information for at least 300 applicants to Cal Poly Pomona was unintentionally disclosed online. The Social Security numbers, homes addresses, and phone numbers for the students who applied to the school six years... | Read more >

Social Security Number Breach Angers Alumni at Penn State

A computer virus may have compromised a Penn State professor's online grade book containing 303 Social Security numbers. University officials were notified about the incident August 3. Three months later, the Dean of the... | Read more >

 
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